Amenities expansion underway at HGVC's Las Palmeras hotel on Universal Blvd

Bob Moser

Owner and management of the 226-key Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacations are starting an amenities expansion at the timeshare property, with plans for a new activity center, splash pad, two-story pool waterslide, expanded lounge seating and grass-covered event space.

Located at 9501 Universal Blvd., the land and hotel infrastructure is owned by affiliates of ERGS Development, which is managed by Goldman Sachs out of Dallas. 

Portions of the Village of Imagine condominium hotel were converted in January 2016 from a Westin into the Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. 

The initial property improvement plan included HGVC refitting the ballroom, renovating guest rooms and converting several meeting rooms into sales center spaces.

Guest rooms were fully renovated in 2016. The company is now working on upgrades to be delivered in the second half of 2017 that include: a new splash pad and two-story water slide surrounded by new landscaping, an expanded pool dec area with an activity lawn for events, new pool fencing and lighting, the conversion of an existing conference room into a new kids activity center, a refresh of lobby restrooms and a meeting room, and new carpet, paint, lighting and wallcover in the lobby.

HGVC declined to comment on its total investment in the project. But more than $1.2 million was projected as investment for the pool-area site work and water features, based on estimates made by contractors that have applied for various site work, electrical and plumbing permits over the past two months with Orange County. 

Western Aquatic Construction & Development out of Arizona is the main contractor, with Orlando-based Aquatic Design & Engineering contributing to pool piping.  

Brightview Landscape Development has been hired for site work including new plumbing, landscaping, sidewalks, irrigation system, electrical and decorative pavers.

ERGS Development owns more than 20 acres surrounding the hotel that remain undeveloped. HGVC said it is currently evaluating expansion plans for the property, but has no specific announcements at this time. 

The hotel is neighbored to the north and east by the new TopgolfAndretti Indoor Karting & Games, more than 20 acres bought by Ripley Entertainment last year, and the bulk of Universal Orlando's 474 undeveloped acres.

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